Zaynab Sohawon

Zaynab Sohawon

TEDx Speaker, Multi-Award Winning Youth Mental health advocate, Charity Founder, Neuroscientist, Young Innovator 22/23

Zaynab is a young person with lived experience of autism, psychosis and personality disorder. Her main experience was in CAMHS inpatient psychiatric intensive care and children’s secure units after being a Looked After Child. Zaynab’s experience of trauma whilst also being a person of colour is something she advocates for and raises awareness about. Now Zaynab is a mental health activist, advocating for improved service provision for CAMHS services. She works as an Executive at the British and Irish group for the study in Personality Disorder as well as the International Association for Youth mental Health. She is a research advisor at the Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham specialist lecturer for social work and psychiatric nursing degree courses at Birmingham City university. She is a Diana Award recipient and published author. As well as this, Zaynab is a public speaker, having spoken at a Tedx event.

10:45 am - 11:30 am
Live Podcasts stand N38 - (Thursday)

A woman’s perspective of Neurodiversity

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm
Zensory Zone (Thursday)

Emotion Dysregulation Autism

Zaynab Sohawon. I am CEO at EDA. A proud autistic and care leaver. EDA was borne out of my lived experience of being sectioned in secure and intensive care units for 4 years due to struggling to manage my emotions safely. Now I am a youth mental health advocate, having delivered a TEDx event, published a book and I have spoken at international conferences. I have a film made about me and 6 accolades to my name including a British Citizen Award and Diana Award. I strive to be the person to others that my past self needed.

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